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Government’s job creation strategies need a major boost


Working people are calling on the Government to significantly up their game in job creation, following a big rise in people looking for work.

CTU Secretary Sam Huggard says working people need to see a better plan from government to create jobs.

99 Kiwis killed at work

This Workers Memorial Day, April 28th, we remember the 99* New Zealanders who went to work and never came home, the 99 New Zealanders who were killed at work.

“Workers Memorial Day is a sombre day. We remember those whose lives would have been saved if their workplaces had been safer. All of these deaths could have been prevented,” CTU President Richard Wagstaff said.

Training for workplace health and safety representatives

The New Zealand Council of Trade Unions knows that high quality, worker-centric health and safety representative training programmes are a key to safer work under the new Health and Safety at Work Act. The new Act comes into force today and heralds some significant improvements in the health and safety space – including new powers for Health and Safety Reps (HSRs).

Holiday pay roll mistakes can be fixed

The Council of Trade Unions is calling on the Government to work with business and unions to resolve the miscalculation, by some employers, of holiday pay entitlements.

New health and safety law from Monday

The Health and Safety at Work Act comes into force on Monday 4 April. The new law will mean that more Kiwis will come home safely from work.

Another forestry worker killed at work

Another forestry worker has been killed at work today. The Council of Trade Unions sends our deepest sympathies to the whanau and colleagues of the man who was working on a Pan Pac forestry block inland from Tutira, north of Napier.

GDP increasing but productivity lagging behind

GDP figures out today show that there was a strong increase, at 0.9 percent, in what New Zealand produced in the three months to December 2015. Normally that should mean higher incomes for New Zealanders.

Zero hours; goneburger

Working people in New Zealand are on the verge of being much better off with zero hour agreements [contracts] on the cusp of being outlawed.

“After seeing the final draft of the planned amendments to the Employment Standards Bill released today I am confident that working people will have more security of their hours of work,” CTU President Richard Wagstaff said.